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tv   History of the Texas State Capitol  CSPAN  January 4, 2015 2:40pm-2:48pm EST

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with a larger supply ship. unfortunately, a couple of months before they were due to sail, the cargo hold was full and there was no more room, so hastily, they corrected the ship in france and included her to make a fleet of four ships with the colonists coming over all stop when i mention the ship kit, you can see the numbers here along the keel. this is a the, one and it has been little obliterated there -- this one is little clearer. you can see and a car. when we finish year, part of the dynamic of this whole project is the exhibit designers have
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placed a 15 foot wide by 50 foot -- 55 foot wide case that will stand about five feet high. the visitor is able to come to the museum and walk over the top , look down into the hold and love the contents which will be put back in, roughly in the places they were found and following these frame sets, the ship above will be reconstructed, so you will get the feeling you are sort of walking inside what labelle was and look down and see labelle and her contents. >> we have 125 of the best artifacts we found here and for each artifact, we tell the story of that artifact. some of my favorites are the glass beads and these are
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trinkets brought back with him to trade with the indians. he knew when he got to the new world after some point in time he would have to be getting additional food supplies and first and hides that he could ship back to france. he knew the kinds of things they cherished because he had been doing exploration in the great lakes. he had interacted with native people there for years. he brought hundreds of thousands of things to trade with the indians. what is exciting to me about this is we have these objects but we also have a journal of the exhibition and multiple times, the journal talks about trading beads for deer hide or finger rings for corn or food that they need. so we get an idea of how these things were actually being used
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and the exchange rate that they had. if the ship had not gone down in the storm, our history might will be like new orleans with french heritage stop but the presence of lasalle and labelle here awake in spain that if they were going to control this part of the new world, they needed to get appear and their presence here start of the spanish settlement of texas which led to our wonderful hispanic heritage which we have today. >> all weekend long, american history tv is joining our time warner cable partners to showcase the history of austin texas. to learn more about the cities on her 2014 tour, visit content. we continue now with our look at the history of austin. this is american history tv on c-span3. >> the capital has a commanding
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presence here in austin. it's at the top of the hill capitol square. it's over 22 acres of park like ground. it has this beautiful renaissance revival style with the sunset red granite. it's easy to see from almost any vantage point. we have a round dome not unlike the nations capital and we are top by the goddess of liberty the beautiful statue that graces the tiptop of the capitol dome. texans are very proud of the fact that the texas capital is taller than the national capital. when the first capital was completed, it was very small and not too popular. officials started to make plans for a more fitting state capital. with those plans they recognize they cannot afford the massive structure they had in mind so they can set aside 3 million acres of land in the texas
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panhandle and they were able to trade that so the texas capital could be completed. the texas capital is a great opportunity to impart to our visitors the story of texas, the story of the land it took to build the capital, and also the history of the state of texas not only as a state but when it was the republic of texas. all of the beautiful paintings we have, the capital tour guides get an opportunity to show the buildings to our visitors will stop we have a great opportunity to talk about the capital and impart all the information to our visitors. when visitors walk into the capital, whether it is the south entrance or another, they originally see the grandeur and architecture of the building. we have such beautiful spaces that it almost cries for public art we are able to show off. at the south foyer, we have a beautiful sculpture of sam
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houston and stephen f austin done by a german artist working in texas. statues are on display in statuary call in the capital. on either side of the south foyer, we have monumental paintings of the surrender of santa anna and david crockett, both of which are massive in size to do justice to the story which is larger than life, which is texas history. the battle of san jacinto was fought on april 21 of 1876. it was just after the loss of the alamo. mexican forces numbered about 1400 and the texans only 900. because the bridge had been destroyed, they were not able to receive reinforcements or retreat. texas forces attacked during a siesta and were able to defeat them in less than 20 minutes.
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texas was able to have its independence from mexico and we celebrate san jacinto day every year. it is a state holiday. there's a beautiful portrait on the green drapery which shows stephen f austin in one of the most iconic paintings in his tenure. painted by an unknown artist possibly in new orleans. other paintings would include likenesses of lamarr. lamarr was instrumental in making sure the capital stayed in austin. at that point in time it was named waterloo and he was hoping this would be the place where the capital of texas would remain. we have more recent paintings in the senate chamber including barbara jordan, lyndon baines


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